More Russians, Fewer French Came to Israel in 2018

A total of 28,099 new immigrants arrived in Israel in 2018, an increase of 6.6 percent compared to 2017, according to statistics published Tuesday by Israel’s Central Bureau of...

Ramat Gan OKs Public Transportation on Shabbat

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Tel Aviv suburb has approved operating public transportation on Shabbat. The City Council of Ramat Gan, a municipality in central Israel, approved the measure on Tuesday...

Officials: Bullet in Death of Ethiopian Teen Came From Officer’s Gun

JERUSALEM (JTA) — An investigation into the shooting by an off-duty police officer that left an Ethiopian-Israeli teen dead has confirmed that the officer fired at the ground and...

Afula Rescinds ‘Racist’ Park Ban on Non-Residents

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The northern Israeli city of Afula agreed to lift a ban on non-residents visiting its city parks, after being accused of trying to keep Arabs out. The...

PA Looking to Mend Relations With US Administration

A senior official in Ramallah revealed to Israeli daily Israel Hayom on Monday that the Palestinian Authority and Washington have been exchanging messages in an effort to smooth things...

Israeli Education Minister: Intermarriage ‘Like Second Holocaust’

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The rate of intermarriage among U.S. Jews is “like a second Holocaust,” Israel’s new minister of education said. Rafi Peretz made the statement at a Cabinet meeting...

Liberman Urges: Make Israel Normal Again

BY BEN SALES (JTA) — Avigdor Liberman, the man who stopped Benjamin Netanyahu from forming an Israeli government this year, has a new campaign slogan: “Make Israel Normal Again.” The slogan...

Canadian Birthright Participants Get Engaged at Kotel

A young man on a Birthright trip chose to propose to his girlfriend at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. Mike David proposed to his girlfriend Stephanie Karl at the Wall...

Yankees’ Mariano Rivera a Speaker at CUFI Conference

BY GABE FRIEDMAN (JTA) — The usual bio for Mariano Rivera includes retired New York Yankees relief pitcher, all-time saves leader, first player voted unanimously into the Baseball Hall of...

10 Million Expected to Pass Through Tel Aviv Airport in Next Four Months

An El Al jet on the tarmac at Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv. Photo: Reuters/Amir Cohen. CTech – Some 10 million passengers are expected to pass through Israel’s Ben...
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